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Big Data: The Convergence Point for IT and Marketing [Infographic]

Big Data: The Convergence Point for IT and Marketing [Infographic]

We've already begun to see how big data and analytics can translate into business agility and real results. But while the biggest transformation so far has been in sales, a new infographic from IBM says that marketing is going to be the real tipping point for big data. I'll let you look at the infographic and see the numbers for yourself, but the real takeaway here is that while marketing and IT have traditionally been two separate offices within the organization, the advent of big data brings the chief marketing officer and CIO closer together than ever before. After all, actionable... more »
SolidFire Announces Next Generation System with Double Capacity

SolidFire Announces Next Generation System with Double Capacity

Flash hardware vendor SolidFire announced a new system named SF6010, the successor of the SF3010 in many regards. It packs a raw hardware capacity of 6 terabytes and ‘effective capacity’ of up to 24TBs: SolidFire’s solution comes with deduplication and compression software that allows users to be much more efficient in the way they store their data. The SF6010 can scale to 100 nodes, and can also be used to power a single instance that packs a maximum of 2.4 petabytes in capacity, and offers performance of 5 million IOs per second. “The SolidFire technology is designed to advance the way the... more »
Obama's Big Data Play

Obama's Big Data Play

When the dust settles and the smoke clears, and the elections of 2012 are over there will be victors and there will be losers.  Rest assured that until then, each side will try to gain every edge possible; whether that edge is in technology, media, or whatever else that is a certainty as is always the case in politics.  In a recent Politico article, the digital operations of the Obama campaign is visited.  The shock line is instantly found as the article opens: “On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here (..Chicago), more than 150 techies are quietly peeling... more »
MemSQL Emerges from Stealth with $5M in the Bank

MemSQL Emerges from Stealth with $5M in the Bank

MemSQL is a brand new Y Combinator startup that announced a $5 million funding round today. A number of venture capital firms participated along with angel investors Paul Buchheit, Max Levchin, Aaron Levie and Ashton Kutcher, who has among other things Hollywood-related, also made a name for himself in the Silicon Valley VC scene. MemSQL took the opportunity to debut its first product. The big data team is touting its offering as a database solution that “combines speed and a robust SQL interface within an in-memory data tier.”  What the software actually does is convert SQL to C++, a high-performance low... more »
Xeround Adds the Joyent Cloud to its Support List

Xeround Adds the Joyent Cloud to its Support List

Xeround is a company that offers a database-as-a-service for MySQL apps that runs on platforms such as Amazon Web Services. The firm already optimized its solution for the majority of the more prominent names in the IaaS industry, and as of late it has started taking the smaller ones into account as well. Today Xeround said its software is now available on the Joyent Cloud, an emerging player that can’t match AWS in scale just yet but is still fairly popular.  At the moment, Xeround’s support only extends to the free edition of its database, but the software maker said it... more »
Smartphone or Camera? Rise in Photo-Sharing Questions Our Mobile Purpose

Smartphone or Camera? Rise in Photo-Sharing Questions Our Mobile Purpose

JiWire, the location-based mobile media provider reaching the on-the-go audience, released its latest photo sharing report, which examines location based photo sharing engagement, the mobile devices and user usage trends. The recent survey in Q2 2012 found that location based photo sharing is on rise and driving the mobile trends, with 83 percent of the on-the-go audience taking pictures while on the go, and 72 percent users use their smartphone or tablet as their primary photo sharing device. Location-Tag Sharing The report says 64 percent of travelling users take five or more picture per week. Men like to tag the picture location to... more »
MapR Teams with Amazon for Hadoop-as-a-Service

MapR Teams with Amazon for Hadoop-as-a-Service

There’s a lot of talk about organizations catching up with their data using technologies such as Hadoop, but for the most part that only applies to larger companies with the resources to maintain such an environment. There’s a big opening for more affordable analytical solutions, and MapR just jumped on the bandwagon. There are quite a few ‘light’ solutions out there that offer hosted big data services that have a lot of capabilities, but still can’t match the real deal. Via a newly announced partnership with Amazon Web Services however MapR is offering the best of both worlds. The company has made... more »
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Another Blue Ribbon Supercomputer for IBM

IBM’s Sequoia is now officially the fastest supercomputer in the world, beating down Japan’s Fujitusu-made K Computer into second place by some distance, according to a new list published by Top500. Sequoia, which is installed at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, sees the US return to the pole position it occupied two years ago before being unseated by China in 2010. The supercomputer will be deployed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to assist with its nuclear weapons management, with its primary goal being to extend the life of America’s aging nuclear weapons stocks. Thomas D'Agostino, administrator... more »
The Spring of Convergence

The Spring of Convergence

What a spring season. We saw more news about converged infrastructure than any time before. That makes it an appropriate time to do a recap of the market. For reference, I am turning to Wikibon's Stuart Miniman, who wrote a post last week about the convergence market and where it is right now. To start, why now? Data is starting to flood the enterprise. It is creating two pressures. One comes from the need to invest more in infrastructure as the data load increases. The other comes from the labor needed to manage all that new data and the infrastructure that comes with it. It's... more »
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FalconStor Shines in Emerging Markets Amidst Plans for Recovery

Data protection firm FalconStor received a Network World Asia Information Management Award this month in recognition of its virtual tape library solution. The company managed to come out on top in the backup category, one of the 21 industries that were reviewed by panelists. “We wish to congratulate FalconStor for developing a backup-and-recovery solution that our editors and the majority of the 100 Asian CIOs we surveyed voted as the leader in this category,” said Victor Ng, South-East Asia bureau chief of Network World Asia. “The FalconStor VTL solution fared exceptionally well, especially in terms of its widespread reputation and acceptance... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.